Hopefully this helps you get that website project of yours going.
All my websites run on WordPress, so should yours – it’s awesome and it’s free.
Did I mention it was free?
If you use WordPress – especially if you run a business website – you need to invest in a solid web host and a premium theme. Stop thinking about it and go do it.
Trust me, I’ve been doing this for over seven years now. Premium themes are worth way more than they cost, and a good web host is worth its weight in gold.
What Web Hosting?
I’m switching because the platforms are equal in reliability but LiquidWeb has better support.
I personally use dedicated virtual server plans, but will need to move to dedicated servers if my sites continue growing at current rates; a good problem to have.
Unless you’re planning for zero growth, don’t get a “Shared Server” plan.
There are many reasons for the switch, here are just a few:
- Genesis is awesome, has great documentation, great design, and great support.
- Thesis used to be awesome, their latest theme update was released without documentation, their design is lacking, and their support isn’t as good.
- The Genesis development team is tight with the WordPress dev team.
- The Thesis dev team is at odds with the WordPress dev team.
Notes on Thesis 2.x versus Genesis:
I’m sure the Thesis 2.x upgrade was groundbreaking in a lot of ways, but here’s what bothered me most.
- limited documentation
- slow support response
- high learning curve
- no automatic upgrade for all their 1.8.x users.
Number three and four sealed the deal for me. If I have to learn a new platform – and – rebuild my site from scratch, I might as well make the switch to Genesis. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time anyway because Genesis sites have better looking designs.
I appreciate Thesis for how well it performed the four years I used it, but it’s time to move on.
If you are thinking of starting a website or making your existing website better, these are my recommendations:
- Get a solid hosting package with LiquidWeb.
- Download and install WordPress.
- Get the awesome Genesis Framework (download their free Beginner Guide to Genesis too).
- Get a sweet StudioPress child theme.
- Get started and create awesome content!
Remember: no one will see your awesome website – and you can’t change the world – until you get it started.
Go do it.